After his suffering, death and resurrection, Jesus presented himself to the disciples and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with (in) water, but in a few days you will be baptized with (in) the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5)
The disciples asked him, ‘’LORD, are you at this time going to (free and) restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)
Jesus said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).
Writing to Galatians, Paul explained the benefits of living by the Holy Spirit; the power of the Holy Spirit in relation to be Jesus’ witness. In Galatians 5:16-26 Paul explained that God changes people who trust in Jesus. God give them the Holy Spirit, who guides them and give them power to become more like Jesus. That is, to be like and do the same he did, which confirm what Jesus said, ‘’Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father’’ (John 14:12).
Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit changes the way you think and act. He transforms you by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2). Thus, if you let the Holy Spirit guide you, you will not do what you want to do (what sinful nature craves); you will do what God wants (Galatians 5:16-18).
When sin is in control, people do wrong things. They worship things other than God. They are angry, jealous, and selfish. They fight and get into trouble. As Paul put it, ‘’When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Anyone living that sort of life will not enter (inherit) the Kingdom of God’’ (Galatians 5:19-20).
But Jesus frees you from the power of sin. When you confess that Jesus is your LORD and Saviour He gives the Holy Spirit who lives in you. And when you continue to trust Him and thirst (crave) for more Holy Spirit, you get baptised with (in) the Holy Spirit. That is, He gives you power (Spiritual gifts and fruit) to do what is right.
When the Holy Spirit is in control, He produces fruit, people who have: ‘’love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control’’ (Galatians 5:22). This kind of fruit in people’s lives is the fruit of the Holy Spirit – proof that the Holy Spirit is in someone – like how a healthy tree produce fruit. This fruit is pleasing to God.
Those who trust in Jesus no longer want to do whatever pleases themselves. The Holy Spirit gives you power to say no to things like pride (conceit), anger, jealousy, sexual immorality, and selfishness, etc. (Galatians 5:26) The more you know Jesus; the more you learn and know the Word of God, the more you will see things like joy, kindness, and self-control in your life. You will want to live to please God. And since the Holy Spirit lives in you, you must let Him guides you.